argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94) Medium beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee, caramel, some molasses, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, caramel, some earthy, light smoke. Sticky medium body.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops. A light acididty, slight toffee sweetness, and some toasted bread. Nice roasted malt and coffee flavor. Mild toffee sweetness, earthy hops, coffee grounds, and a light bitterness. A slight acidity on the finish. A bit of chocolate to it as well.
BMan1113VR (7696) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a deep cola brown hued body with a medium sized tan head with good lace and retention. Aromas are nutty, medium melanoidin, cola, anise, espresso. Seems like their is a bit of a fruity hop character to it. Molasses. Flavors are dry, roasted grain, nutty, medium leather, grainy, chocolate, dry coffee grounds. A bit overly roasty, malt flavor is slightly muddled. Clean. Very dry. Medium carbonation, slightly thinner body.
adnielsen (7586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with MJ. Thanks bro! Pours a deep brown appearance with a creamy lasting brown head. Fairly roasty, chocolate, light coffee, light smoke, a bit bready aroma. Silky mouthfeel. Delicious roasted malt, light mineral, light caramel, chocolate, dry herbal flavor. There’s just a touch of smoke in the nose and in the flavor, but apparently they don’t add any smoked malt. Maybe the best Schwarzbier I’ve ever had. FUCK YEAH.
3fourths (7530) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 bottles. deep cola brown with a lasting dark tan head. toasted and scorched and blackened baked cracker malt with abundant soy / plum cola / char. frothy carbonation and smooth texture with delicious toastiness dryness. lingering charred biscuit and cracker malt finish. lovely.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94 on 7/26/09: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of smoky roasted dark malt and a touch of graininess. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor with a nice smoky finish. A well-balanced and enjoyable brew.
GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL thanks to brainlair. Pours a very deep ruby brown looking black. Medium, tan head with very nice lacing. Nose is quite roasty, lactic chocolate, hot chocolate/milk chocolate. Taste is roasty, chocolately, very porter/stout like with fair amounts of ashiness. Very clean palate. Easy to drink. English porter like. Rich, yummy.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours clear striking mahogany with thin off white head. The aroma is pretty bold with pleasing levels of earthiness, smooth smoke, chocolate and roasty malts. The taste is smooth and nearly creamy yet with a fairly thin body pushing up notes of roasty malts, chocolate, earthiness, bitter chocolate, a touch of spicy hops and faint smoke. The malts dry it out a bit into the finish. Smooth tasty sessionable solid brew.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cheers to googzoid10 for the trade.
Heater Allen has the talent of nailing down basic beer styles and this one is another good example of their craftmanship.
Dark brown, light tan head.
Aroma, chocolate malts, cocoa powder, earthly nose, mild touch of smoke.
Flavors, nice roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa with touch of molasses and smoked malts. Solid as per usual, light palate with a mild touch of hop bitterness. Dry with a mild spicy finish.
Glouglouburp (5871) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A very soft black lager. Clean and well-made but without ‘oomph’.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed approximately one month after purchase, bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Near black body with ruby highlights topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is soft roast, herbal and green grass sensation. Taste has milk chocolate (really milky sensation here), medium roast, whole-wheat bread, soft black liquorice candy, fresh tobacco leafs. Very mild bitterness. This is a very smooth beer, very good but maybe a little too smooth even for the session beer lover that I am. Lacks that ‘something-special’ that most other Heater Allen beers have. A bit of a disappointment coming from the USA lager masters, but I liked it, because I love beer, most of my days are spent either obsessing about all the beers I want to drink or wondering what color of scarf Johnny Depp is wearing, and my therapist is not sure which of these two problems we should address first.